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First Bose Outstanding Researcher Lecture

Michael Wolcott, civil and environmental engineering professor, will discuss ‘The Evolution and Future of Renewable Composite Materials’ at the first annual Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in CUB 212-216.Wolcott, on the WSU faculty since 1996, is an international leader in the area of wood-based composite research, where his work has led to the development of advanced materials to better withstand aging processes, reduce manufacturing costs and pollution, and provide better performance. He has received more than $17 million in funding from numerous federal agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, the USDA and the Federal Highway … » More …

Unique data on cities enables world-class research at WSU

Survey data donated to WSU by Seattle-based Leigh Stowell & Co. has given WSU, home of the Thomas S. Foley Institute and the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, a unique advantage in the area of social capital research. According to WSU researchers, this gift has made it possible to do analysis that could never be done before.”We’ve had a lot of compelling theory in social science without much data to test it,” said Nick Lovrich, professor of political science and director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at WSU. “A good theory is still just a plausible speculation if you don’t have … » More …

Opening ceremonies slated for pathogen research facility

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Elected officials will join leaders of the state’s forest products, nursery and Christmas tree industries on Monday to tour and dedicate a new research biocontainment facility for plant pathogens at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.Ceremonies will be held on Monday, April 24, with tours of the isolation unit beginning at 1 p.m. and opening ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. in the D.F. Almendinger Center on the Puyallup Center campus, 7612 Pioneer Way East.WSU financed and installed the $250,000 isolation facility to expedite research on Sudden Oak Death, a deadly and easily spread plant pathogen. The fungus-like pathogen was identified in … » More …

Motivated students get academic jumpstart

There is an old Chinese proverb that is at the heart of WSU’s Freshman Seminar program:I hear and I forget,I see and I remember,I do and I understand.This week nearly 40 research groups formed during the spring semester of Freshman Seminar will be presenting their findings Monday through Thursday from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in CUE 403 and 405. An awards ceremony is planned for Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in CUE 403.Among scholars, a research symposium is, in some sense, like a colorful, vibrant community market. Instead of browsing for baubles and bargains, market goers browse for new ideas or thoughtful … » More …

WSU NWREC receives funding for expansion, research

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Citing the importance of agriculture to Skagit County and their specific charge to encourage economic development, Port of Skagit County commissioners Thursday committed a quarter million dollars to WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.The funds will support research being conducted at the center as well as the revitalization currently underway there.”The WSU research center in Mount Vernon is a cornerstone to our Valley’s economic survival. Crops produced in the Skagit Valley provide over $245 million annually to our local economy,” said Port Commissioner Glenn Allen. “The future of the agricultural industry depends on its ability to adjust to changes over … » More …

300-mile telecommute supports research

From her home in Gig Harbor, Wash., Lynn Fister plays a dynamic role in helping WSU faculty and graduate students achieve their research goals.Fister, faculty support coordinator for the Office of Grant and Research Development, leads the OGRD Core 1 team. Among other things, the team coordinates with researchers to:• create proposals and find funding opportunities,• manage prestigious faculty awards and the Office of Research’s Missions to DC program,• run limited submission proposal processes.And Fister does it all from the Westside.“I help faculty in any way possible,” Fister said.Fister’s home office assistants are her laptop computer, cell phone, e-mail and AOL Instant Messenger, which she … » More …

WSU hosts first symposium on undergrad Asian studies research

April 14 marks the beginning of the Columbia Valley Undergraduate Asian Studies Research Symposium at WSU. Although the 2006 symposium is the first, organizers in WSU’s Asia Program hope this is the first annual symposium to promote undergraduate research in Asian studies.The symposium, which kicks off with a 5 p.m. reception in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, room 518, will include presentations on all regions of Asia, from the Middle East and India to China and Japan, with interests spanning literature, international relations, history and environment. Thirty-three students from WSU, WSU Vancouver, Gonzaga University, and Central Washington University, as well as faculty mentors from … » More …

WSU psychology spotlights undergraduate research

The WSU Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, April 20 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.Sixteen posters showcasing undergraduate research projects will be available for viewing in the CUE Atrium from 1:30-5 p.m. Dr. Rand Walker, clinical services director of the Center on Disabilities and Human Development in Moscow, Idaho, will present, “The Real Scoop on the Role of Research in Clinical Psychology,” at 2:30 p.m. in CUE 419. Walker will talk about his clinical work with children and the role research plays in clinical practice.”It is a tremendous asset to have, in close proximity, a clinical psychologist with Rand … » More …

Researchers work to combat natural disaster

One hundred years ago, on April 18, 1906, the San Francisco Earthquake wreaked havoc in the San Francisco Bay area. The earthquake and resulting fire are thought to have caused thousands of deaths. A hundred years later, researchers at WSU continue to strive to improve construction techniques so that buildings and other structures hold up under future seismic events.* J. Daniel Dolan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is involved in writing and updating design and building codes in the U.S. He is one of nine experts in the country who review proposals for technical changes to the residential building code. Working with FEMA, Dolan … » More …

WSU Vancouver hosts Third Annual Research Showcase

WSU Vancouver will open its doors to the community for the Third Annual Research Showcase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Student Services Building room 129.The Showcase is an opportunity to view and discuss the exciting and creative research conducted by faculty and students at WSU Vancouver. The event highlights excellence in faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in all disciplines on the WSU Vancouver campus.WSU Vancouver students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider community are invited to engage with the researchers. Students and faculty will display their research in … » More …